Israel news

Hamas appears serious about long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

Indirect talks over a long-term solution for Gaza began in Cairo on Tuesday.

The talks, between Israel and a Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, broke up on Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah and are scheduled to resume next week. The Palestinians remained in Egypt to discuss the unity agreement.

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Orthodox keep own curriculum

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Israel's High Court has upheld the right of Charedi schools to ignore the country's national curriculum.

A large number of Charedi schools reduce secular education to the teaching of basic mathematics and a few other subjects, freeing up the bulk of the time for religious subjects.

In 2010, former education minister Amnon Rubinstein, along with other leading educationalists and disgruntled g

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Algorithm that combats bedwetting

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Back in the 1980s in Brighton, an Israeli father started grappling with the challenge of his son's bedwetting.

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Sweeteners may also cause diabetes, say researchers

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Last week, Israeli scientists suggested that artificial sweeteners may increase, not decrease, the risk of diabetes.

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'Israel missing a window of opportunity in Middle East’

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2014

Israel’s expropriation of 1,000 acres of West Bank land to extend the Etzion settlement bloc was a “huge mistake”, according to the incoming president of the New Israel Fund, Talia Sasson.

The current situation in the Middle East gave Israel the chance to restart peace talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, she argued.

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Israel and PA do deal on Gaza reconstruction

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed on Tuesday on a mechanism that will allow the UN to monitor the export of building supplies into Gaza.

The deal was announced by the UN's representative in the region, Robert Serry. Under its terms, the Palestinians will be allowed to begin rebuilding the thousands of homes and public buildings destroyed during the conflict.

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Yesh Atid threat to leave coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

Yesh Atid, Likud's largest coalition partner, may leave the government if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not ensure that Finance Minister Yair Lapid's plan to cancel VAT on first homes passes into law.

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Israel's street battles over assimilation

By Nathan Jeffay, September 18, 2014

Jerusalem's city centre is witnessing a backlash against hard-line right-wingers who take to the streets on popular clubbing nights to form a self-declared "honour guard" against Jewish-Arab relationships.

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Members of IDF spy unit refuse West Bank service

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

`An open letter written by 43 reserve soldiers and officers of the IDF's intelligence gathering unit in which they refuse to take part in any operations connected to the Palestinians has drawn stern condemnations in Israel.

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Israel counter-terror experts warn of potential High Holy-Days attacks

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Islamic State terrorists may target Israelis and European Jews ahead of the High Holy Days, according to a memo released today by Israel’s National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

The memo cited the rise in anti-Israel activism in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.

In a statement, a bureau spokesman said: "During this period, the potential threat has grown.

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